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Split in Ranks of Austrain Hakenkreuzler

August 27, 1923
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A crisis has been percipitated in the Austrian anti-Semitic Hakenkreuzler organization with the resignation of President Riehl of the Swastika and the division of the organization into two factions, one urging political methods and the other more direct force.

One of the factions also demands that the Hakenkreuzler proclaim its independence from the Munich anti-Semitic group led by Adolph Hitler, leader of the Bavarian Fascisti.

The official organ of the Hakenkreuzler in its current issue publishes the following new slogan: “No ballots, but bullets; no votes but storm troops”.

There have been recent rumors that the Hakenkreuzler chief had arranged at a conference in Salzberg with the Hitlerites that 10,000 Austrian ex-soldiers were to be offered Hitler in the event the Bavarian Fascisti leader starts another “putsch” against the German Reich. It is not known what effect the splitting of the Hakenkreuzlers will have on this plan.

Vienna anti-Semitic circles lately had been concentrating their efforts under the leadership of Riehl towards obtaining a majority in the forthcoming elections for the local town-council.

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